Friday, June 11, 2010


The UK Crime Writers' Association has named the week beginning Monday 14th June as National Crime Fiction Week. I'll be doing my bit to bring crime fiction to the country with an event in Birmingham.

'An Evening with Stephen Booth' takes place on Wednesday 16th June (6.30 for 7pm start) at the Birmingham Library Theatre, next door to the Central Library in Paradise Place. I'll be talking about Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, about my inspiration for the series, and about some of the locations. There will also be a chance to ask those questions you've longed to get answered. Copies of LOST RIVER and other Cooper & Fry novels will be on sale - and, of course, I'll be available to sign them for you!

This is a FREE event, but tickets need to be booked via the Birmingham Box Office, either by phone on 0121 303 2323 or online at:
or by calling in person at the Birmingham Central Library reception.

Readers attending the event will receive a complimentary drink and also get entered into a free prize draw at the end of the evening (that's in case meeting me just isn't enough excitement for you!). And did I mention this event is FREE?

There are lots more events taking place around the country during National Crime Fiction Week. You can check out the schedule here:

The CWA has also been running a Young Crime Writers competition in conjunction with National Crime Fiction Week. Regional winners have already been chosen, and the winner from the West Midlands is Nicole Hendry (aged 15), from Sutton Coldfield, with her story 'The Demolition of Lives'. Well done, Nicole (and a great title, by the way!).

Other regional winners are listed here:

Thursday, March 25, 2010


There's just one week to go before publication of the 10th Cooper & Fry novel LOST RIVER, and I have a series of signings lined up for the launch:

FRIDAY 2nd APRIL, 1 - 3pm
Bookthrift bookshop, 5a St John Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
For details, phone 01335 300299.

SATURDAY 3rd APRIL, 10am - 12 noon
Bookworm bookshop, Spa Lane, Retford, Nottinghamshire.
For details or to order a signed copy, phone 01777 869224 or email:

SATURDAY 10th APRIL, 2 - 4 pm
Scarthin Books, The Promenade, Scarthin, Cromford, Derbyshire.
For details, phone 01629 823272.

SATURDAY 17th APRIL, 1 - 3 pm
Waterstone's, Vicar Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
For details, phone 01246 231061.

SATURDAY 24th APRIL, 12 - 2 pm
Waterstone's, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby.
For details, phone 01332 296997.


Derby City Council open a brand new library today in the Mackworth area of the city, funded by the Big Lottery. It's always great to see new libraries opening!

As part of the celebrations, I'll be doing an event at the new Mackworth Library on Wednesday 21st April (7pm). Apart from a series of bookshop signings for LOST RIVER, this is the only event I have scheduled in April, so don't miss it! The evening is free, but booking is essential. Book at any Derby City library or call the Central Library on 01332 641702.

The new Mackworth Library:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


March is StoryFest month here in Nottinghamshire. There are lots of events going on around the county, including appearances by authors such as Ann Cleeves, Jon McGregor and Karen Maitland.

Personally, I'll be at Sutton in Ashfield Library on Wednesday 10th March to talk to readers, and at Kirkby in Ashfield Library on Wednesday 24th March.

Here's the full StoryFest programme:

Monday, March 1, 2010


World Book Day is approaching again in the UK. It takes place this Thursday, 4th March, with lots of book-related events going on all over the country:

This year, I'll be talking to readers at Droylsden Library, Tameside (in the Greater Manchester area), from 7.30pm. It's a FREE event, but if you're in the area and you'd like to come along, phone the library on 0161 370 1282.

I have more library events coming up in March, too. Details here:

Droylsden Library:


Well, this blog has been a bit quiet for a while! But I do have books to write, you know...

Anyway, my latest newsletter has just gone out, and I'll be updating news on my activities here very soon. If you're not already on the newsletter mailing list, you can sign up on the website, and get the latest issue: